Dozens of studies show that a special type of protein called enzymes, which are only found in raw foods or supplements, can be beneficial to alleviate pain and inflammation.
Here are some of my top enzyme picks for healing pain and inflammation. Of course, you should always consult your physician or a qualified nutritionist prior to starting any new supplements.
Amylase is the enzyme that helps us to digest carbohydrates. When you take it on an empty stomach it has antihistamine effects and alleviates inflammation linked to skin conditions, particularly when combined with lipase. Amylase is also well suited for athletes because it increases joint mobility and relieves muscle pain and inflammation.
Bromelain is helpful in treating swelling and inflammation that is linked to injuries, surgery, swellings, and broken blood vessels; menstrual hemorrhaging; and blood clots.
Catalase helps relieve inflammation linked to injuries, particularly when fluid-retention and edema are involved. This enzyme also functions as an antioxidant, which scavenges free radicals and prevents them from causing additional health concerns.
Chymotrypsin is effective in treating inflammation, abscesses, wounds, and blood clots before and after tooth extractions and other dental work, as well as after surgeries.
Lipase is particularly good for alleviating lymphatic swelling and muscle spasms linked to a calcium deficiency.
Papain is helpful against insect stings and can help treat inflammation linked to gluten intolerance, swelling, and wounds.
Protease supplementation is excellent for inflammation that tends to benefit from ice packs. It also alleviates soft tissue trauma linked to accidents or surgery. Like lipase, protease is also good for muscle spasms if they are linked to a calcium deficiency.
Trypsin is helpful for treating wounds, abscesses, blood clots, injuries, and inflammations.
Adapted with permission from The Phytozyme Cure by best-selling author and doctor of natural medicine Michelle Schoffro Cook, BSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM. This article has been provided for information and educational purposes only and is not intended for diagnosis or treatment of any illness.
Michelle Schoffro Cook